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IN BRIEF - The European Parliament gives the final green light to the increase in bluefin tuna catches in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Yesterday, the plenary session of the European Parliament gave the final green light to the management plan for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, which implies an increase in the limit of fishing capacities and by-catch with respect to the 2018 thresholds.
According to the new rules, EU countries with bluefin tuna quotas, including Spain, must establish an annual fishing plan, which defines the number of vessels and traps, with an increase in the capacity of purse seine vessels up to 20% compared to the 2018 limits. Bycatch must not exceed 20% of the total catches on board at the end of each trip.

The annual fishing plan should also pay particular attention to artisanal and small-scale vessels authorized to catch this species and Member States should make greater efforts to ensure a fair and transparent distribution of fishing opportunities between artisanal and commercial fleets. larger size.[...]
Source: europapress (translated from original in spanish)

IN BRIEF - The Nueva Pescanova works council asks to suspend the ERE to negotiate 'alternative solutions'

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Nueva Pescanova works council asks to suspend the ERE to negotiate "alternative solutions"
According to employees, the company has "important" challenges in the coming years, so a situation of this magnitude "can endanger the brand and the company itself", subtracting "present and future viability and profitability."
It was last Wednesday, September 6 (see article below), when Nueva Pescanova informed the company committees and union delegates of its intention to start this ERE, which it justifies "for economic and organizational reasons" and that it will be limited to the support areas of Chapela and Madrid. .
In a statement, the company noted that the objective is to "adapt to a challenging global environment and ensure the long-term sustainability of the company," and specified that the regulation "affects less than a hundred workers, of the more than 10,000 that make up the multinational", although he did not specify the exact figure.
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IN BRIEF - Another 12 Russian enterprises received the right to export fish products to China

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The General Administration of Customs of China has expanded the list of Russian exporters of chilled and frozen aquatic products, the press service of Rosselkhoznadzor reports.

Another 12 enterprises and fishing vessels from our country received the right to export to China. Thus, today the list of Russian exporters of fish products to China includes 892 enterprises. New organizations were registered through the Chinese information system CIFER, the message emphasizes.

In addition, ten new Russian facilities were allowed to supply live aquatic products to China. Today, the number of such objects has reached 176, noted Rosselkhoznadzor.

Author/Source: Alexey Makeev/vetandlife (translated from original in russian)

IN BRIEF - Blue Harvest files for Ch. 7 bankruptcy, company likely to liquidate assets

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a closure and liquidation of all the company’s assets in order to pay back debts. If the assets don’t cover the debts, the company can essentially walk out on the tab.

NEW BEDFORD — Blue Harvest Fisheries has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to records in U.S. federal court in Delaware, concluding an eight-year private equity roll-up of New Bedford’s fishing industry.

It is a move that some had expected following the company’s quiet decision to shut down all fishing operations on Sept. 1. The company has still not made a public announcement, leaving industry regulators, fishermen and city officials in the dark as the largest groundfish company on the East Coast abruptly grinds to a halt.

The company filed nine separate bankruptcy cases that included 40 individual LLCs. According to the Sept. 8 filings, the company’s assets range from $50 million to $100 million and its liabilities are estimated between $100 million and $500 million. Chapter 7 bankruptcies usually lead to liquidation.[...]

Author/Source:  Will Sennott/newbedfordlight.org

Other Media | FishFarmer: Two month long salmon price decline ends

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The long decline in fresh salmon prices may be over. The latest figures from Statistics Norway show they rose last week for the first time in more than two months.

The figure for week 36 was NOK 76.81 per kilo (£5.76), an increase of 2.2% on the previous week. Export volumes are continuing to run at a high level, totalling 25,523 tonnes, slightly higher than in week 35.

Author: Vince McDonagh / FishFarmer | read the full article here

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: The production of marine fish in Spain grows by 11.8% in volume and 36.3% in value

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The aquaculture harvest in Spain in 2022 was 326,520 tons and a first sale value of 760.7 million euros. The most abundant species this year was the mussel with 255,218 t and an estimated value of €159.3 M. This was followed by sea bass with 23,622 t and a value of €181.6 million; rainbow trout, with 16,328 t and a value of €43.6 M; and bluefin tuna with 10,877 t and a value of €183.2 M. These are some of the main general data, which, having as a source the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), are collected in the 2023 edition of the annual report on the evolution of the aquaculture sector in Spain and Europe, prepared annually by the Aquaculture Business Association of Spain (Apromar), “Aquaculture in Spain 2023”, which analyzes Ipaquaculture in depth.

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | SeafoodSource: 'At-risk' EU fishers press for action on overfished mackerel ahead of coastal state talks

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

European negotiations on sharing Northeast Atlantic pelagic stocks are expected to resume later in September, and in advance of the talks, the E.U. fishing industry has renewed its calls for coastal states to prioritize a mackerel agreement that aligns with scientific advice and encompasses all parties.

The upcoming negotiations follow the hard deadline of 31 March, 2023, to reach an agreement on sharing Northeast Atlantic mackerel stock

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | read the full article here

Other Media | SalmonExpert: Salmon farming company will install electric fences in farming centers to prevent theft

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The salmon farming company Cermaq Chile is preparing a new strategy to prevent or reduce theft in its production centers, installing electric fences in cage rafts at sea.

The company presented a pertinence query for the authority to define whether or not the work it will carry out in one of its centers should be subjected to an environmental evaluation.

Source: SalmonExpert | Read the full article here

Other Media | FishFocus: Wild Alaska Pollock 5th Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Wild Alaska Pollock 5th  Annual Meeting to Shine Spotlight on Consumer Behaviour and Seafood Perceptions  

GAPP ‘Influencers’ to Share Perspective on Fish, Trends and Social Media  

Consumer insights and market intelligence will be core to the fifth-ever Wild Alaska Pollock Annual Meeting on September 28th, the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) has announced.

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here

IN BRIEF - Seafood Excellence Asia Awards Winners Announced

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Best New Seafood Products for the Asian Market Honored  at Seafood Expo Asia

Singapore – The winners of the inaugural edition of Seafood Excellence Asia Awards were announced today at Seafood Expo Asia, a three-day seafood trade event taking place 11-13 September in Singapore. Tassal Operations won the Best New Product award for its Tassal Tassie Smoked Salmon Twin Pack 2 x 50g.  The awards for second and third place for Best New Product were given to Victoria Island Smokehouse for its Pure Prestige, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Shanghai Shanhaiji Supply Chain Co, Ltd for its Ready-to-Eat Salmon Trout, respectively.

Winners were selected from a group of new products entered in the competition and representing 8 countries.  A live judging took place yesterday in the Product Showcase and was conducted by a panel of high-volume seafood buyers and industry experts from the retail and foodservice industries across Asia. The judges of the first Seafood Excellence Asia Awards competition included Big C Supercenter co, Ltd from Thailand, CJ Freshway from South Korea, Emart also from South Korea, ITM Alimentaire International from Thailand and SMSI/Sysco from Hong Kong SAR.

Today’s Seafood Excellence Asia awards winners and all the products submitted for the competition are on display on the event’s website

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